Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Flushing

Two men arrested in Home Depot robberies: Cops

FLUSHING — Police foiled two alleged thieves at Home Depots in the area last month, saving the company nearly $3,500, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Flushing

Halloran announces congressional run

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) marched his two great Danes into Bowne Park Monday afternoon and declared his run to for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comments (1).
Astoria

Try on baby fashions at bargain prices

Astoria moms Kimberly Rossignol and Laurie Nicholson found that when parents have fast-growing new babies, many of the clothes and toys they buy end up never used or only used once. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Missing Jamaica man last seen at boro casino

SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing elderly Jamaica man last seen in the Resort World Casino in South Ozone Park March 15. Comment.
Whitestone

Cops arrest teen in $3K burglary of cash and jewelry: NYPD

WHITESTONE — Police nabbed a suspected burglar who allegedly made off with $3,000 in jewelry and cash last month, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
Bayside

Braunstein to hold spring blood drive

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring a spring blood drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center. The drive will take place April 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Long Island Rail Road Bayside station on Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue. Comment.
Flushing

Queens College baseball splits doubleheader

Junior second baseman Rob Bernardo went 3-for-6 with a double, triple, three runs and three RBIs Sunday afternoon at Ray Metski Field, helping the Queens College baseball team to capture a doubleheader split against visiting Bloomfield College. Comment.
Letters

Do not close down Key Food

I am writing to voice my concerns regarding the possibility that Key Food and the stationery store next to it, at 69th Avenue and 164th Street, are going to be forced out by their landlord. We do not need a CVS store here. There are enough large drugstores within our neighborhood. Comment.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bayside

Bayside school recognizes highly celebrated saint

It was a parade where St. Robert Bellarmine elementary school, at 56-15 213th St., showed its faith in honoring Sts. Patrick and Joseph. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria Houses man found dead with shot to head in building lobby

A young father was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the Astoria Houses building where he had lived, and his neighbor has been charged with murder, police and tenants said. Comments (29).
College Point

Cops need people’s help searching for teen, 14

COLLEGE POINT — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a teenage male who was last seen March 7 at his home in College Point. Comment.
Sunnyside

Cops look for suspect in rent scam

SUNNYSIDE — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man alleged to have cheated 12 victims by accepting money for a Sunnyside apartment he had no authority to rent. Comments (1).
Flushing

Teen son pawned mom’s wedding ring: Police

FLUSHING — A teenager stole his mother’s wedding ring and pawned it for $2,500, police said. Comments (1).
Flushing Times

Molloy’s Moss picks CW Post program

Dana Moss knew for a long time where she wanted to go to college. For her, no other school seemed to compare. As a sophomore, the Archbishop Molloy star went to C.W. Post for a clinic and immediately fell in love. Comment.
Letters

CB 7 board correct in denying variances to church

The Auburndale Improvement Association Inc., which represents more than 600 families in the Auburndale, Flushing and western Bayside communities, and five other civic associations testified at the January Community Board 7 public hearing against the request by Mormon church officials for three variances in order to construct a church at 145-15 33rd Ave. Comment.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Long Island City

LIC High School students build robot basketball stars

For a team of competitors from Long Island City High School, developing the perfect basketball shot is all about mastering the mechanics. Comment.
Flushing

Schumer bill on discount bus safety passes Senate

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) requiring discount bus lines to inform passengers of their safety record. Comment.
Jamaica

11 Unsung Heroines honored in SE Queens

In recognition of Women’s History Month, City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) honored 11 women as Unsung Heroines last weekend at York College. Comment.
Flushing

Sidewalk saga near an end

The city offered a $1,500 olive branch to John Biagi to compensate him for a surprise sidewalk makeover he received in 2009, but the Flushing homeowner turned it down. Comment.
Richmond Hill

After scandal grips Wyckoff former CFO sues for payback

A former Wyckoff Heights Medical Center chief financial officer is suing the medical center to obtain severance pay, saying he had nothing to do with an account set up to bribe late state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, according to court documents. Comment.
Flushing

Police seek missing boro female teen, 16

FLUSHING — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a female teenager who was last seen March 15 at her home in Flushing. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy softball ready to meet the high expectations

Fresh off its first CHSAA state softball title, Archbishop Molloy has already heard the rumblings of what’s expected this season. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Do not deport Sunnyside man

Mohammad A. Islam, of Sunnyside, was picked up by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Feb. 10, having lived in America for 21 years as an undocumented foreign resident. Comments (4).
Editorial

Kelly on Shaky Ground

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did his best at a breakfast earlier this month to explain and justify his department’s undercover surveillance in mosques and Muslim student associations within and outside the city. Comment.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ozone Park

John Adams HS club’s robot shows off hardwood skills

For a team of competitors from John Adams High School, developing the perfect basketball shot is all about mastering the mechanics. Comment.
Flushing

Pothole paver machine makes Flushing debut

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city Department of Transportation unveiled a new machine in Flushing intended to make the city’s pesky pothole problem less prevalent this spring. Comment.
Bayside

Carrozza lends her real estate expertise to Huffington Post

When the Huffington Post needed an expert attorney, it didn’t need to look any further than Bayside. Comment.
New Hyde Park

Girl Scouts welcome newest members at North Shore-LIJ

They’re the newest members of the Girl Scouts and all they had to do was be born in the right place at the right time. Comment.
St. Albans

Jamaica teen recognized as city Rising Star

Ask Jamaica teenager Zahra Abd’Allah if it is true she used to be shy, and she will be quick to correct you. Comment.
Flushing

109th cops honored for halting burglary

Officers from the 109th Precinct are assigned to a specific unit, but the March Cops of the Month proved that the city’s Finest put their titles aside when confronted with a crime. Comments (2).
Flushing

Teenager stole coat and iPhone in Flushing: Police

FLUSHING — A 16-year-old stole the coat off another man’s back last month during a series of knifepoint robberies, police said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Cops seek man in relation to robbing food carts

BOROUGHWIDE — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for robbing food cart vendors earlier this month in Elmhurst and Rego Park, as well as in Astoria and Ozone Park. Comment.
Flushing

Satisfy that Korean snack craving in Flushing

One of our guilty pleasures is watching food-themed Korean melodramas. Their plots combine cheesy, but chaste romance with food porn. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Terriers softball gears up

Ann Marie Rich is living a life of luxury she hasn’t been used to in recent years. Comment.
QueensLine

Astronaut Glenn thrown parade through boro in 1962

It was the dawn of the Space Age, and the man of the hour was Col. John Glenn. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn had piloted Friendship 7 on the first manned orbit around the Earth and landed safely despite worries that the capsule’s heat shield might not hold. Comment.
Pomonok

Street to be closed for crane work

On March 24, 25 and 31 and April 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 77th Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 160th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic due to a crane operation at 158-40 76th Road. Comment.
Letters

Stop dumbing down students’ education

Let me start by saying I was a high school mathematics teacher for 37 years, so I speak from experience. Comments (1).
Editorial

Senseless Violence

The shooting of a 21-year-old man in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Jamaica is further proof that southeast Queens is not winning the war on gun violence. Many parents take their children to that restaurant. Their children could just have easily been hit by a stray bullet. Comment.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Flushing

Elizabeth Crowley throws hat into congressional race

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) formally declared her run for Congress Thursday afternoon, ensuring a three-way scramble for Democrats hoping to snag the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
Rochdale Village

Police circulate tips to ID gang members

As gang violence in southeast Queens grows, a member of the NYPD’s gang division visited the 113th Precinct Monday evening to educate the precinct’s community council on how to identify gang members. Comment.
Little Neck

New tools help students learn

A new $2,000 grant has helped one Little Neck school get in gear as it continues to prepare special needs students for real-world job opportunities. Comments (1).
Diversity

City ordered to pay out $128M in minority suit vs. Fire Dept.

Four federal court appointees have until April 12 to make their recommendations to a Brooklyn judge as to how to mete out approximately $128 million the city was ordered to pay to a pool of more than 2,000 minority candidates who were discriminated against by the FDNY. Comment.
Jamaica

Man indicted in firebombings

A Queens Village man was indicted Monday on hate crime charges in the New Year’s Day firebombing of four buildings, including the borough’s largest mosque in Jamaica, the Queens district attorney’s office announced. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Woman cites ethnicity for abducting own child: DA

An Ozone Park woman allegedly told police she kidnapped her infant daughter from Queens Hospital Center because she did not want her baby to live with African-American foster parents, a Queens district attorney’s office spokeswoman said. Comments (3).
Glendale

There’s an app for tracking man thru boros

RIDGEWOOD — Three officers from the 104th Precinct used a combination of good, old-fashioned police work and some 21st-century technology to track a suspect through three boroughs. Comments (1).
Flushing

Boyfriend hits girlfriend and steals iPhone: Cops

FLUSHING — A Feb. 13 tiff between a boyfriend and girlfriend ended with a stolen iPhone and a sore face, the NYPD said. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Queens headphones robber sought by cops

SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for allegedly stealing a pair of popular headphones from a teenager on Liberty Avenue in South Ozone Park. Comment.
Film

The Homegrown Voice of Dora

A multitalented and gifted six-grader from Queens, Fatima Ptacek is an actress and top New York City model. She is also the new voice behind Nickelodeon’s beloved preschool character “Dora the Explorer.” And just like Dora, she speaks English and fluent Spanish. Comments (2).
Hollis

Washington leads title team

Jordan Washington has had his fair share of ups and downs, but on Sunday he reached an all-time high. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Bloomberg’s legacy concerning education looks bleak

As Michael Bloomberg reaches his 10th year as mayor, he continues in his well-meaning but flawed policy of closing most of our high schools. It seems he wants to close most of the high schools in Queens in spite of their traditions and histories. Comments (1).
Letters

Pol praised for helping constituent

To anyone and everyone who is not aware, this letter is to let them know of the work City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and his staff do. Comments (1).
Editorial

Skala Rides Again

The criticism of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside has gotten to the point where it is ridiculous. Comments (4).

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Basketball

Queens players take talents to Sweet Sixteen

The talent developed on the sandlot courts and high school hardwood of Queens will once again go on display Thursday in the NCAA basketball tournament. Comment.
South Jamaica

South Jamaica man kills himself inside car

A South Jamaica man apparently committed suicide Thursday when he climbed inside his car and set it on fire, neighbors and the Fire Department said. Comments (1).
Government

Ackerman hoped to keep district safe before exiting

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) wove stories from his youth and more than 30 years as a New York lawmaker into an explanation as to why he abruptly decided to leave office at the end of his term last Thursday. Comment.
Flushing

RKO Keith developer owes $380K in unpaid taxes: City

The developer for the RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing maintains he has enough cash to put a shovel in the ground and is not selling the property, but Patrick Thompson also owes the city nearly $400,000 in unpaid taxes and faces a possible tax lien from the city. Comment.
Government

Queens delegation split over redistricting

The contentious redistricting process that changed political representation in Queens came to a close Monday when a federal judge signed off on the new congressional lines, days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo did the same at the state level. Comment.
Whitestone

Avella hopes to save Whitestone lot for potential park

The courts have taken the next step in foreclosure proceedings against the owners of a vacant Whitestone property, but a lawmaker hopes to intervene before the lot hits the auction block. Comments (31).
Elmhurst

LIRR mulls Elmhurst stop

If you build it, will they come? That is the question Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams is asking. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica man charged in connection with fatal burglary

Police arrested a young man from Jamaica last week who they contend participated in the attempted robbery of a supermarket that left his accomplice dead. Comment.
Kew Gardens

NYCLU blasts Brown over his interrogations

The New York Civil Liberties Union has criticized Queens District Attorney Richard Brown for interrogating people accused of crimes before they are arraigned or have consulted a lawyer, saying it is unethical and unconstitutional. Comment.
College Point

College Pt. Civic head passes reins to Rocco

The College Point Civic Association recently swore in its new president, Andrew Rocco, and the neighborhood’s newest big cheese is not short on plans to improve the area. Comment.
Middle Village

GOP candidates vie for Gillibrand’s seat

With opponents emerging and the statewide primary set for June, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) stand to defend her seat begins now. Comment.
East Elmhurst

PS 127 playground expands its history

Borough President Helen Marshall, East Elmhurst leaders and city Parks Department employees broke ground last Thursday on a renovation of the playground at PS 127. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Nuts, bolts and hoops align for Fresh Meadows teens

For a team of competitors from Francis Lewis High School, developing the perfect basketball shot is all about mastering the mechanics. Comment.
St. Albans

Comrie defends city schools

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) convened a meeting of his colleagues from the Queens delegation last Thursday in Forest Hills, where they called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drop his plan to close eight borough high schools at the end of the academic year and open new schools in their places for 2012-13 school year. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria man gets 25 yrs for wife slay: DA

An Astoria man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to beating his wife to death with a baseball bat in their 30th Street apartment, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Long Island City

U.S. visas available for trafficking victims

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Long Island City hosted a forum Tuesday to get the word out about legal options for immigrants who have been victims of human trafficking, abuse or domestic violence. Comment.
Douglaston

Douglaston cheers its new (old) streets

The people of Douglaston know their history. Even more so, they embrace it. Comment.
Astoria

Two Astoria men face music for dog-related crimes

A man pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment last Thursday for throwing his Chinese Shar-pei, Brooklyn, out the window of his third-story Astoria apartment in September, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Bayside

Sacred Heart alumns help out orphans

These teens loved books so much that they decided to share over 1,500 of them with orphans in the Philippines. Chris Wren and Maggie Cash looked to their former Bayside school to help collect books for “Reading Rocks the World,” a donation campaign they helped start. Comment.
Flushing

Mets could now benefit from Madoff scheme trials

They were on the brink of losing their team, but now they might come out richer. Comment.
Flushing

Husband charged with robbing wife in Flushing

FLUSHING — A woman was slapped and had her handbag stolen while walking down the street earlier this month, but police did not have to look far for who they said is the culprit. Comment.
Arverne

DOB investigates collapse of Rockaway home’s floor

ARVERNE — Police and city Department of Buildings officials were seeking answers in the collapse of the third floor of a Rockaway home during a 13-year-old’s birthday party Monday. The Breaking News Network first reported the collapse around 11 p.m. Comment.
Astoria

Bryant coach amped for another successful season

Rocco Rotondi is not the nostalgic type. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Ackerman and Turner surprise Queens political scene

Can you believe all the dramatic political changes this week? The biggest surprise was Gary Ackerman’s decision not to run for re-election. As my husband said, “I guess that means no Acker-Bus trip for you down to Washington this coming January 2013.” Comment.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Flushing

Ackerman seat sets off race by three Dems

Democrats across the borough were left scratching their heads over the whirlwind of political activity centered around U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) retirement announcement last week and the ensuing political clamor that ended in the announcement of at least three campaigns. Comments (3).
Bayside

Bayside traffic light lowered after Halloran sounds off

A problematic intersection in Bayside was brought to light this week when City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) announced the lowering of a traffic signal near 35th Avenue and the Clearview Expressway. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

S. Ozone mom shot to death

A normally tranquil street in South Ozone Park was dotted with yellow tags Sunday afternoon, marking the bullet casings left behind after two men opened fire and killed a mother of two in front of her home following an altercation earlier that morning at a nearby bar, police said. Comment.
St. Albans

Lessons learned and souls laid bare in new play

A circle of black women over 70 enjoys a day at the spa, and as the steam opens their pores they lay bare their true selves to each other in an original play set to premiere this weekend at the Black Spectrum Theatre in St. Albans. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Vaughn College fire wrecks break

The driver of a delivery truck who ran into some exposed electrical lines at Vaughn College last week did more than cause a small explosion and fire — that driver may have also destroyed spring break. Comment.
Rego Park

DOT plans to slow up traffic at Rego mall

Drivers on the streets surrounding a bustling Queens shopping center in Rego Park need to slow down, based on records compiled by the city Department of Transportation. Comment.
Flushing

Teen pack steals woman’s iPhone: Police

FLUSHING — A woman lost one coveted piece of Apple technology but kept another after suffering a beating from three teens earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Scholars take two against Bedford

The pursuit of a second-straight title was just one of many things that motivated Scholars Academy. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s star freshman leaving the Red Storm for NBA draft

St. John’s star Moe Harkless, the 2011-12 Big East Rookie of the Year and the only league freshman to be named an All-Big East honorable mention selection, announced Monday that he intends to forego the remainder of his collegiate career and enter the 2012 NBA Draft. Comment.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bayside

Ackerman says he wanted to leave office at top of his game

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) addressed reporters during a Tuesday afternoon conference call after maintaining radio silence in the wake of his abrupt retirement announcement last Thursday evening. Comments (1).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Flushing

Lancman challenges Meng for Ackerman seat

The Queens Democratic Party endorsed state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) in the race for the congressional seat left vacant after U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) unexpectedly announced his retirement last week, but she already has some competition. Comment.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Politics

Queens will crown Ackerman’s replacement Monday: Pols

The political world of Queens is buzzing with possibilities about who will run for Congress in the wake of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s surprising announcement Thursday evening that he will retire after his term ends in January, but by Monday the political storm should settle. Comments (1).

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